There are all kinds of ways to celebrate winning the Stanley Cup. The Los Angeles Kings did it yesterday with a big parade on the plaza of Staples Center and a rally inside. But a Kings fan from New York named Dave Krasne had a completely different thought and it was brilliant.
Krasne got a Kings Stanley Cup champions cap and took it to the World Trade Center memorial in lower Manhattan, placing it on panel S-3 and tweeting a picture of it (right, click for a bigger view) that's going all over the hockey blogosphere.
What's the significance?
The hat went right between the names of Ace Bailey and Mark Bavis, the two Kings scouts killed on Sept. 11, 2001 when United 175 crashed into the South Tower. Krasne said he "couldn't let them miss the festivities" in a tweet to Los Angeles Times veteran Helene Elliott and LAKings.com insider Rich Hammond.
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Just imagine the Sabres winning the Cup and how many people would want to see Rick Jeanneret hoisting it even more than the players. That's the feeling in LA for Hall of Fame announcer Bob Miller, who got the Cup at a postgame party from captain Dustin Brown and penned a story for the LA Times on his thoughts.
The former voices of the Kings all felt a bond to Miller and the Los Angeles Daily News had a great blog detailing their reactions.
One of the storytellers? Former Sabres and Bisons voice Pete Weber, who started on the air in the NHL as a 27-year-old doing Kings games in 1978. He was at WEBR Radio, moved to LA for three seasons, then came back to Buffalo and eventually moved on to Nashville, where he has done Predators games since day one in 1998. Weber excused himself at a North Carolina banquet to watch the final moments online in a hallway and then, as the story says, took a quiet moment to himself in a nearby restroom.
"At least I was intelligent enough to make sure had a good supply of Kimberly Clarke stock in my pocket so people wouldn't worry about what was wrong with me," Weber said.
There was also a three-Kleenex moment during Thursday's victory parade for announcer Jim Fox, the longtime Kings player. He went all Jeremy Roenick, circa 2010, on the air. Watch: